Hill’s Hot Rods

November 4th, 2009

Hill’s Hot Rods and JD Glassworks Take Custom Truck Building to a Whole New Level

ST-0911-HILLS-LeadMost dreams are fueled by passion and a willingness to commit to something all the way. Jason Hill, owner of Hill’s Hot Rods in Lubbock, Texas, has always been a gearhead and custom truck fanatic from the day he got that magic plastic license from the state of Texas and started wrenching on his first truck, an ’81 C-10 square body. That early Chevy box truck influence might help explain why Hill’s has so many trick 1973-87 GM products on deck, but this shop is not just a one trick pony. Having rolling works of art from HHR land on the covers and pages of Street Trucks over the past four years, their talents can be applied to any blank metal canvas, classic or contemporary.

Building hot rods for a living no matter if they have a bed on them or not is something Jason decided he wanted to go full-time with in 1995. While working his day job as a John Deere mechanic, he opened the doors to a small 2,400-square-foot shop in Brownfield, Texas. Nights and weekends were spent with the welder and grinder, turning out custom rides for a few select customers until word got out that Mr. Hill was the guy in town to go to for custom work. He worked alone for two years until business and cash increased and a second pair of hands were brought in. He began turning down more and more on-call jobs at the John Deere plant, and pretty soon this builder went full time building custom trucks, hot rods and muscle cars.

In 2001 the shop was relocated to Lubbock and an additional 900 square feet brought the shop to 3,500 square feet, which was expanded to 5,900 feet in 2006. Business was growing and more local and out-of-state enthusiasts were bringing their rides to Hill ’s for everything from lowering kits to full frame off builds.

In 2008 the recently renovated, 5,900-square-foot shop was busting at the seams, and Jason and his team of craftsmen needed still more room. Finding a 24,000-square-foot location right off the main highway that runs through the center of town, was a stroke of luck, and the location became the new home for Hill’s Hot Rods. In the latter part of 2008 a few months were spent painting, plumbing and upgrading the new shop for some serious custom truck building. Each employee now has their own workbench, tool and fabrication area, and the vehicles are moved to each employee according to area of expertise. In addition to occupying an impressive facility that can virtually fill any custom demand, Jimmy Davis launched JD Glassworks out of the Hill’s location and handles custom audio work, enclosure fabrication and one–off interior modifications. Jimmy is a true master with wood and fiberglass. Now that’s custom truck building at a one-stop shop.


Hill’s Hot Rods
Dept. STTR
122 S.E. Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79404
www.hillshotrods.com (http://www NULL.hillshotrods NULL.com/)

JD Glassworks
Dept. STTR
122 S.E. Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79404
www.myspace.com/jdglassworks (http://www NULL.myspace NULL.com/jdglassworks)

Hill’s Hot Rods Specializes in:
Custom Suspension
Custom Metalwork, Bodywork and Paint
Full Custom Vehicle Builds
Performance Accessories and Engine Swaps

JD Glassworks Specializes in:
Custom Mobile Audio/Video Work
Custom Speaker Enclosure Fabrication
Custom Dashes, Door Panels and Center Consoles
Full Custom Electrical Wiring

The Team:
Jason Hill
Jason “Bads” Baditzke
Cole Brakebill
Mike Crisp
Kyle Crisp
Jimmy Davis—JD Glassworks
Brennan Gas

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These are just a few of the top notch rides Hill’s has crafted over the years. From a simple ‘bag job to a full custom laid out on the show floor at SEMA, they can do it all.
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This is the showroom at Hill’s Hot Rods. Our April 2008 cover vehicle, “Back at Ya,” is the centerpiece, while more examples of the shop’s work fills the walls with various magazine feature article plaques.
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JD Glassworks occupies a separate area of the shop where wood and fiberglass masterpieces come together to form audio enclosures, custom dashes and door panels, and way trick one-off center consoles. Jimmy also does full custom wiring.
Project Fast Lane will get the Hill’s Hot Rods and JD Glassworks high-level build quality. It was currently in the metalwork phase when we toted our camera through the shop.
A common site at Hill’s Hot Rods are 1988-91 Suburbans. Jason buys them for the front clips, the drivetrains and the power-equipped doors.
A few C-10s sit out back waiting their turn under the knife.

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